What role does reduced bone density have in the differential diagnosis of osteoporosis?

Updated: Jan 20, 2021
  • Author: Rachel Elizabeth Whitaker Elam, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The differential diagnosis of osteoporosis is very extensive. When dealing with reduced bone density, always rule out the other possible causes before treating the patient for osteoporosis. Many patients have a coexisting cause of bone loss.

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